Mar 22, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd (5) is congratulated by guard Raymond Felton (2) after scoring a basket against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Knicks beat the Raptors 99-94. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Playoffs: Knicks Jason Kidd's impact goes well beyond box score


Usually when a player goes six consecutive games without scoring a point, it’s time to make a lineup change, especially in the postseason where one player’s struggles can be the difference between winning and losing a series.

But that’s simply not the case for New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd.

May 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd (5) gestures during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

The future Hall of Famer has become the poster boy for how to contribute to a team’s success without scoring.

Kidd hasn’t made a shot from the floor in over 155 minutes of playing time during these playoffs. He hasn’t scored in over six games, with his last field goal coming in the first quarter of Game 2 of the Knicks first-round series against the Boston Celtics.

In addition, Kidd has missed 14 consecutive attempts and has made only 3-of-21 field goal attempts during the Knicks eight postseason games to date.

That would be enough to frustrate a normal player and completely throw him off his game. But not Kidd. He’s not your normal player.

Despite his lack of scoring, Kidd has been valuable off the Knicks bench.

He hasn’t allowed his offensive struggles to affect him on the defensive end of the floor, where the Knicks need his smarts the most. Then there is the fact that despite averaging only 1.6 points per game this postseason, Kidd is contributing in other ways by averaging close to three assists and five rebounds per game, all while acting like a true professional.

When other Knicks like J.R. Smith are struggling with their shot, they should look at Kidd and use him as an example of how to play winning basketball without scoring the ball.

The funny thing about Kidd’s current struggles is the fact that you know he has a few big shots left in him.

When the time comes and the Knicks need him the most, don’t be surprised if he contributes offensively as well with everything else he has done.

 

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